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The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Canucks

Five key elements from the Flames clash with the Canucks

Friday, 23.12.2011 / 9:57 PM / Calgary Flames Budweiser Game Day
By Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)
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The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Canucks





IRVING'S FIRST NHL WIN

In similar fashion to his NHL debut, Leland Irving played the second of back-to-back games, giving starting netminder Miikka Kiprusoff a much-deserved night off.

He turned in an absolutely stunning performance, stopping 29 shots and picking up his first NHL victory.

BOURQUE BACK IN THE LINEUP

Rene Bourque made his return to the lineup after serving a two-game suspension for his hit on Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Brent Seabrook last Sunday.

The winger, who took Alex Tanguay's spot on the second line as the forward is still sidelined with an upper body injury, played 16:28 and had three shots on net.

TEXTBOOK ROAD PERIOD

The Flames didn't look like a tired team when they hit the ice as they played a nearly picture-perfect road period.

They outshot their hosts 13-6, played a disciplined but physical game and were able to cycle the puck extremely well in the offensive well.

PERFECT COMBINATION

Curtis Glencross has been on fire as of late and on Friday night, he scored his fifth goal in his last games. He now has seven points in his last five games and leads the team in goals scored.

The winger's 14th tally of the season was set up by a perfect pass from Jarome Iginla. He negated an icing by chasing the Glencross dump-in and placed his pass perfectly on Glencross' stick.

The captain has five points in his last five outings.

Their pivot, Olli Jokinen, added an empty netter and he now has points in six straight contests. He has 30 points to his name, leading the team in that regard.

HEADING INTO THE HOLIDAY BREAK ON A HIGH

After losing all four of their games on their last trip, the Flames kicked off their mammoth seven game stint away from the Scotiabank Saddledome on a great note with the 3-1 win. They now have won three straight and having been playing their best hockey of the season.

The Flames continue their trek across the continent in Columbus on Dec. 27.